-P- This article in the Post-Gazette nicely sums up the Littlefield era, and it comes with lots of new little tidbits and quotes:
The money was there, but the Pirates' baseball staff told ownership they would prefer Clemson reliever Danny Moskos. He was signed to the slot recommendation -- to the penny -- while Baltimore, which took Wieters at No. 5, called Boras' bluff and brought his bonus down to $6 million.
"We have one scout for Georgia and the Carolinas, and the Braves have 20," one team executive said. "We're getting killed there, and there's no reason for it."
More yikes. Granted, the Braves emphasize scouting in Georgia more than any other team, but still. Remember, Littlefield's Pirates didn't get anything out of Southern California, either, and that's a hotbed of amateur talent.
-P- Wait, okay, one more thing from the same article.
I find this quote odd, since that trade only happened a few weeks ago. So why did Nutting's mind change so dramatically between now and then? Before the Morris deal took place, there was obviously plenty of evidence that Littlefield wasn't getting the job done. Kudos to Nutting for staying out of his GM's way, but why, if he was having doubts about Littlefield's capabilities, would he allow Littlefield to spend $14 million on a player? If Littlefield asked, wouldn't he just say, "No, you know what, Dave, that's enough. You're fired, effective tomorrow"?
I have no clear evidence of this, but I suspect Nutting may have approved of the Morris deal, and is just blaming Littlefield for it now because it turned out to be unpopular.